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tuesday morning, february 15, 2011, a live look at the wilson bridge. i'm gurvir dhindsa. glad you could be with us. temperatures not too bad but man, those winds are -- that make it feel especially cold. >> you're right. it kept me up all night as the
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winds was howling out there during much of the night. cooler temperatures are here for our tuesday after enjoying a daytime high of 70 degrees yesterday. 6 now at reagan national. 32, so we're freezing in frederick. 29 in hagerstown. fredericksburg is 41. we're 40 degrees in ocean city. we'll look at our satellite- radar together and let's see what we can find. we'll find generally quiet conditions across the eastern third of the nation. looking out to the west, high pressure is out there. that will be building in the next couple of days. cooler today, highs in the low to mid-40s. we'll start a gradual warm-up starting tomorrow that will peak by friday with highs once again into the upper 60s to near 70. sunshine, cooler, still breezy out there but not as windy as yesterday. winds out of the north and west gusting to about 25 miles per
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hour. more details on the forecast in about three minutes. back to you. >> can't wait. thank you. the house has passed the patriot act. it failed last week embarrassing the new republican leadership. the leadership brought it back up again yesterday using a procedure requiring only a majority and passed it. but republicans didn't give a lot of time for debate and allowed democrats only one amendment which failed on a party line vote. a federal grand jury has indicted jack johnson on eight counts including conspiracy, bribery and extortion in a pay for play scheme. the fbi first arrested johnson and his wife leslie in november. johnson's lawyer says his client is looking forward to his day in court to set the record straight. other indictments could soon follow. the agent for washington redskins albert albert haynesworth says sexual salt allegations are totally --
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sexual assault allegations are totally false. a waitress has accused haynesworth of groping her after placing a credit card inside her blouse. president obama released his 2012 budget. it is a $3.7 trillion spending plan that relies heavily on the recovering economy and tax increases. we get the latest from laura evans. >> reporter: hours after the 2012 budget proposal was opened on capitol hill, president obama was defending it as a responsible way to cut more than a trillion from the deficit while still investing in infrastructure and education. >> when it comes to programs we do need, we are making them work better by demanding accountability instead of spending first and asking questions later. >> reporter: the president says it cuts more than 200 federal programs. >> the way we've dealt with it for most of the last decade is similarly to put the expense on our national credit card and to kick the can down the road.
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well, this budget says we can't do that anymore. >> reporter: the administering admits the deficit this year will hit a record $1.6 trillion. republicans all that -- >> all of his 10-year deficit reduction is less than the total deficit for this year, the projected deficit that they proinvestigated. i mean it is really pathetic. >> reporter: the white house says the huge budget book also contains limits on deductions for mortgage interests, increasing taxes on the wealthiest of americans. republicans arc our biggest crisis is the debt and the president is doing nothing, they say, to get it under control. >> this is a budget that went to the left. it would be better doing nothing than if we would actually pass this budget for the sake of our economy, for the sake of our future and for the sake of jobs. >> that was laura evans reporting. in sports news, the caps
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out west in phoenix. this one was scoreless until the second period. caps fall 3-2 for their third straight loss. in baseball, pitchs are and catchers report to spring training for the nationals today in florida. we'll have more on that with the sports junkies coming up a little bit later on this morning. we have much more straight ahead too. we'll take a look at your weather, your traffic and all your top stories. fox 5 morning news at 4:30 begins now. tuesday morning, february 15, 2011 as we give you a live look at the traffic on the wilson bridge early on this tuesday. thank you for joining us. i'm gurvir dhindsa. temperature are not bad but you can certainly feel the winds that. make it feel a lot colder than it probably actually is. tucker barnes has all the details on that. >> but it is also much colder than yesterday. >> temperatures in the 30s at
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home butt winds were incredible late in -- but the winds were incredible date in the day. >> yes, they were. the winds will lighten up and it will be much, much cooler today. yesterday was 70. today, in the 40s. let's take a look at the numbers. we are back into the jacket weather after enjoying one day of spring yesterday. 4 in baltimore. 32 in frederick this morning. 9 in hagerstown. washington, d.c., reagan national, 36. a little better off to the south and east. much, much cooler air has been filtering in on these winds during the overnight hours and will be with us for our tuesday. today will be the coolest day this week. last look at reagan national.
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33 in manassas. 5 5-- 35 in hagerstown. the breezes will be with us throughout the morning and even into the afternoon, we'll still see winds gusting to about 15 to 20 miles per hour. here your day planner for today and again, much cooler than yesterday. highs in the low to mid-40s. we'll go about 44 here in the city. we'll be cold tonight but another warm-up in store for the end of the week. >> mother nature being a bit of a tease. >> you got it. >> let's check the roads with julie. >> you will find lanes are open as you travel around the beltway with no incidents to report. but that doesn't mean on some of our secondary roads, you may encounter tree limbs. it may be scattered all over the neighborhood this morning. no incidents have been reported for those continuing south along 270 working your way out of hyattstown. lanes are open headed past the scales and continuing out
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towards clarksburg. an easy drive so far between college park and bethesda. as you approach 267, overnight roadwork still in place until 5:00 this morning . that is diverting all traffic off of 66. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. making headlines this morning, republicans have pushed through the patriot act. the house pass the a 10-month extension of key provisions of the anti-terror law. federal agents can resume looking at your computer or medical records without a judge's approval. >> there is extraordinary powers being given by the government and it contravenes not just principles of the constitution but our own oath to defend the constitution. >> the senate now has to act
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but there are only a few working days left before the expiration date. the former prince george's county executive is now formally indicted on federal corruption charges. jack johnson is facing eight counts. the fbi first arrested johnson and his wife leslie in november. johnson's lawyer says the indictment mischaracterizes his tenure as county executive and they will continue to fight the allegations. the agent for washington redskin albert haynesworth says sexual assault allegations against his client are totally false. a 23-year-old waitress at the w hotel has accused haynesworth of groping her after plating a credit -- placing a credit card inside her blouse. we have new details about masked gunmen shot by d.c.
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police. police say the three were college students trying to get their lives together, even starting a new photography business. police say the three men broke into a home on irving street sunday night looking to burglarize it. shots were exchanged with police. two of the men were killed. the other suspect surrendered. >> i went there and looked at the whole photography set-up and i'm just like why. we had a whole business together and me, him and stefan. >> police have charged stefan field with assault on a police officer and burglary while armed. the president says the budget has tough sacrifices but republicans say it doesn't go nearly far enough in cutting the deficit. others are criticizing if for not tackling some of the
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biggest spending items such as social security and the pentagon budget. deep cuts could be on the way for metro. republicans have laid out awe plan to slash $150 million in critical funding before the year'sened. sarah simmons has more with what this could mean for the transit agency. >> reporter: good morning. this is one of many things that republicans are looking to cut funding for to try to pare down the massive national deficit. we all know that metro has talked about the massive budget problems it has had of its own. a$72million budget gap is what the transit agency is facing. republicans are proposing to cut $150 million over the next eight months from metro. now, you have heard about metro's problems especially since the june 2009 red line crash. you heard about the old railcars, crumbling and crowded platforms. because of all of these issues that have come to light,
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virginia, maryland and d.c., all three of those jurisdiction have agreed to chip in $50 million apiece for the federal government could match with $150 million. now that deal is in jeopardy but republicans say these deep cuts are also necessary. >> when we pass the law saying that we're going to pull our weight and do our share, our funding is dependent on the federal government doing their funding. if they pull back $150 million, that pulls back d.c.'s $150 million. so that cuts it by $300 million. >> this spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. it says the president does not have the will or the ability to do what we need to do with the money we have. >> reporter: here is the thing. if the gop funding measure does pass, this would still need to pass the democratically controlled senate. so it still has a long way to go from here.
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we're live here at friend high pressure heights metro. sarah simmons being back to you. we are keeping our eye on more violent protests from the middle east. up next, the latest on the situation in iran and the warning being delivered by secretary of state clinton. >> your arms are numb? >> yeah, everything is numb. >> i want you to give a couple of yells at the top of your lungs. don't pan you can.   -- don't panic. >> a dramatic ice rescue. we'll have that coming up. [ male announcer ]  95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain.
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secretary of state hillary clinton is warning repressive dictators in the middle east that clamping down on internet freedom won't stop people from protesting. iran shut down all communications and internet traffic yesterday after violent protests broke out. at least one person was killed.
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they are inspired by egypt's uprising. in egypt, mrs. clinton says she is encouraged by the new military government. the army is immediate meeting with protest leaders and has set up a committee to come up with a revised constitution within 10 days. there were some terrifying moments for a man in indiana. he fell into a freezing lake while getting ready to go kayaking. he was in the water for nearly and hour. russ mcquaide has the dramatic 911 call. >> i fell in the lake. >> what? >> i fell in lake monroe. >> are you out of the lake? >> no, i'm still in the water. >> reporter: clinton baker found himself in water over his head hanging onto his kayak and he didn't know for how long. >> this water is cold, i need help bad. >> reporter: the water temperature saturday afternoon was 35 degrees. i'm way out here on the ice. i can't see my truck from here but you guys will have to come with a out on the ice to see
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me. >> reporter: the dispatcher tried to keep baker from panicking as rescuers drew close. >> concentrate on breathe, calm. if there is any way i could help you out now, i would. i do have people en route to you. >> i'm never going to do this again. >> i want you to give a couple of yells at the top of your lungs. >> don't panic on me, okay? they'll get there. >> it looks like they're walking towards me. >> reporter: after more than 45 minutes in the water, rescuers arrived at baker's side. >> okay, go ahead and hang up your phone. >> okay, dispatch, we've got him. >> thank you. up next the smaller version of the apple iphone and a car
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seat recall to tell you about. we'll check headlines. it is unanimous. this is a somber day. >> massive reductions could be coming for some area schools possibly affecting your children. we'll get a full report. after lots of wind yesterday, it is still breezy out there. i'll have all the details on your chilly tuesday forecast and julie wright will be in with a look at your on-time traffic coming up in just a couple of short minutes.  [ mom ] can a little bowl of cereal change your life? i think it can. one of the challenges for kayla being gluten-free is actually finding choices the whole family will love. then we discovered chex cereals. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor, and that's amazing to a mom like me. as a parent you don't want to have to tell your kids "no" all the time. it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat.
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love your heart so you can do what you love. cheerios. [ bob ] squak. camera shaking out there this morning because we are still dealing with the winds. we'll talk to talker about our forecast coming up in just a second. the university of maryland is embarking on a new project involving more than 2600 solar panels on one its buildings. the building in greenbelt used to be the "washington post" printing planted. the school is going to use it as a multipurpose building. this is part of the university's commitment to help reduce carbon emissions. >> cool. >> very, very nice. >> had plenty of sun yesterday. >> oh, gosh, it was so nice. an early tease for spring. >> yeah, very early. temperatures impressive across
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the area. cooler air is moving in overnight. >> we can feel it. >> it has been a little breezy around here during the past 24 hours or so. those winds will continue today although they will gradually start to subside so that is good news after winds gusting over 40 miles per hour yesterday across much of the area. let's get to the numbers and look at yesterday's daytime highs. 70degrees at reagan national. >> very nice. >> yes, we don't do that very often. dulles, 66, bwi marshall, 67. i what you're thinking. you don't see these often in the month of february and you don't. if you hang in there by thursday and friday, we'll be right back into the mid- to upper 60s and i think we'll flirt with 70 by friday. today, a big cooldown after yesterday's daytime highs in the upper 60s and 70s. here is your cooldown. gaithersburg, good morning. you are 30. frederick is 0. hagerstown is 29 degrees.
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martinsburg is 32. and off to the south, a little better. quantico, 38. leonardtown, we're 36. you are mixing in the wind and with wind chills, it feels like 20s across the area. much, much cooler day today. our highs later this afternoon will only top out in the low to mid-40s. still very impressive wind gusts out there. 31 in man an as. annapolis, 28-mile per hour wind gusts. -- 31 in manassas. they will be around for your morning commute. so both hands on the wheel. here is your satellite-radar. very quiet conditions. nothing happening in the washington area. should be a bright sunny day, just much cooler. we have high pressure out to the west and that will keep us high and dry through the week. one-day cooldown with lots of
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sunshine theand right back into the -- lots of sunshine and then right back into the 50s and 60s by the end of the week. 25degrees cooler than yesterday. winds out of the north and west gusting to about 5 miles per hour and then just downright told tonight. 9 in the city. low to mid-20s outside the beltway with light winds and your five-day forecast, tomorrow, we're right back at t lots of sunshine, mid-50s actually lot less wind around tomorrow. 62 on thursday. 67 on friday. we'll see if that number doesn't get adjusted up. maybe we'll be close to 70 again on friday and then a cold front come through friday night. that will cool us down for the weekend. even saturday, not bad with sunshine and temperatures in the middle 50s. all right. let's do some on-time traffic and julie wright has your very latest. >> good morning, julie.
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>> were you able to run yesterday? >> not with that wind. i tried. >> me too. if i could have caught my beth, mother nature would have got ain't mouthful from me. an easy commute here on the inner loop. there is a stalled car over near the mormon temple, there is a fellow off to the shoulder. still waiting for a tow truck for some help. you will find traffic flowing freely northbound i-95 leaving the prince william parkway and up towards 395. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. dire warnings for montgomery county school. the school board union newsily approved a $2.2 billion budget proposal for next year, money
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the school district doesn't have. we get the latest from sherry ly. >> reporter: classrooms are swelling in montgomery county, growing by an estimated 3,000 students next year. by state law, the county must spend the same amount per student as the previous year. it is called maintenance of effort. more students equals more money. >> here in montgomery county, our situation is simply dire. we are in a precarious budget situation. >> it is creating a very significant issue for the county because it essentially means that the school system's budget will always grow and we know that that is not sustainable. >> reporter: the school board calling to a moral obligation and required by law sent the county executive a $2.2 billion budget, adifficult proposition in lean fiscal times. >> it is unanimous. this is a somber day. >> reporter: according to the
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county council's spending affordability guidelines, its bottom lining $1.86 billion, far less than the school system is asking. >> this happened last year. it is like groundhog day. we heard the same, the sky is falling scenario. >> reporter: for two years, county received a waiver from state pepped spending requirements. without one, there is a price. >> the consequences may be as much as 20 to $30 million worth of a fine levied on our school children. >> reporter: the county schools, long among the nation's best, now spends $1,000 less per student than in 2009, but the school system has managed. >> when we cut the budget, nobody was laid off. they maintained their full level of programs. >> reporter: county officials are lobbying state lawmaker to change the spending requirement to allow for flexibility in a tight economy. but success won't come without sacrifice. >> every student in every school across the country will be affected by the reductions that may be coming. >> reporter: the school system
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calls its request a what we need budget, nothing more, nothing less. >> that was sherry ly reporting. the school system says if the county insists on cuts, it could result in 650 positions being eliminated and other programs being cut as well. the school budget now goes to the county executive would will present his budget to the council on march 15th. checking your consumer alert this morn, 800,000 car seats are being recalled. they were sold under the brand name safety first, disney and cosco. a faulty butt upon for releasing -- a faulty button to releasing the harness is the problem. we have more information on our web site. apple is working on a new smaller phone. it is not clear who would sell the downsized devices. apple is thinking about changing its mobile me online storage service. the idea is to make it fee but
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maybe take away some of the function so it would take up less memory. should energy drinks be regulated like tobacco and alcohol. some pediatricians think so. melanie alnwick takes a look at the new report on this issue. >> reporter: energy drinks have become a $9 billion a year industry in the united states. but not everyone is cool with their caffeinated kick. >> from the school system's standpoint, we need to protect the kids. >> reporter: fairfax county public schools was one of the first in the d.c. area to ban energy drinks in sports programs. at legislatic training administrator john almquist says there have been incidences of overuse. >> it was in the a good mix. >> reporter: a paper just published backs up much of their concerns and what doctors have said for a few years now. >> for very young people that might have lower body weight, a very small amount is all it
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take for them. >> reporter: researchers looking at published articles found that around a third of 12 to 18-year-olds said they regularly drank the stuff and that high doses have led to medical treatment for liver damage, kidney failure, breathing and heart problems and seizures. >> it is very misheeding and it has a lot of misinformation contained in it. >> reporter: the american beverage association says most energy drinks have less caffeine per serving than a cup of coffee and most kids aren't guzzlers. spokesperson and registered dietitian lisa kadick says parents and young people should pay attention to labels. >> it is important to educate yourself and inform yourself and choose accordingly. >> reporter: the paper's authors are recommending more study and perhaps regulation. one of the difficulties in trying to figure out how widespread some problem is that u.s. poison control centers haven't been able to track when a kid come in with an energy drink overdose. now, they have assigned a special code specifically for that event so we'll be will be
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a to get a better picture of that going forward. melanie alnwick, fox 5 news. we have much more straight ahead this morning. coming up next, could plants be the key to fighting terrorism in we'll have details on how plants being biologically reprogrammed to detect danger work. stay with us. we'll be right back. not ready. can i have a couple weeks? [ female announcer ] but with yoplait light's two week tune up, you could be ready. you could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks when you replace breakfast and lunch with a fruit, grain, and yoplait light. betsy bets. you haven't changed a bit. oh...neither have you... sean. well, yeah. [ female announcer ] go to to start your two week tune up.
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bomb-sniffing plants may one day alert police to threats. they are being reprogrammed so they turn colors when sense the presence. >> reporter: they won't change before your eyes yet but lab work being done right now will one day make these green plants turn white for they detect weapons that are explosive, biological or chemical. >> we actually modify the seed
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and then it stays with it forever. >> reporter: professor june medford and fellow scientists at colorado state university are now working with the u.s. departments of defense and homeland security to one day place these high-tech plants in airports and public areas. >> it is very empowering because it will tell you that there is an explosive around, get the security guys here. >> reporter: surprising to some, medford says the idea of using plants to detect chemicals is a natural. >> it is kind of like bananas. they are picked green but won't ripen in a northern climate until exposed to a gas called ethylene which turns them yellow. >> it's program we can put in any plant species. >> reporter: medford's list of possibilities seems endless. in addition to explosives, the plants will turn white with a traumatic rise in pollution, when there is a leak at a nuclear plant are be used to aid the military detect ied always. the average consumer


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